WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump skipped city for the weekend, however that didn’t cease demonstrators from making him the main target of competing rallies within the nation’s capital that highlighted the stark political divisions in the USA.
Kicking off a Saturday of numerous demonstrations, about two dozen protesters gathered in Lafayette Sq., a park simply throughout Pennsylvania Avenue from the White Home, to demand that Trump take robust motion towards Russian chief Vladimir Putin in retaliation for Moscow’s interference within the 2016 U.S. election.
They carried indicators that stated “We’re not PUTIN up with it!” and “Shield American Democracy.” After their rally, marchers headed to the house of the Russian ambassador a number of blocks away.
Close by, on the Nationwide Mall near the Washington Monument, about 500 Trump supporters assembled for an all-day demonstration and live performance, although organizers predicted that quantity would develop because the day progressed.
The occasion’s web site appealed for individuals to “assist ship a message to Congress, the media & the world” that “we stand united to defend American tradition & values.” The pitch to would-be members: “In case you stand for patriotism and freedom, this rally is for you!”
Trump was spending the weekend at his golf membership in New Jersey earlier than attending the U.N. Common Meeting subsequent week.
Later, in entrance of the Lincoln Memorial, juggalos, as supporters of the rap group Insane Clown Posse are recognized, rallied and readied for a live performance. They’re pushing their demand that the FBI rescind its classification of juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”
The rap duo has developed an intensely devoted fan base over the course of a 25-yr profession, and a few followers held indicators that stated, “Music is Not a Crime.”
A 2011 report by the Justice Division’s Gang Activity Drive positioned the juggalos, who favor in depth tattoos and outlandish face paint, in the identical classification as overtly violent gangs such because the Bloods and the Crips.
The rap group and its followers declare to be a nonviolent group topic to largely class-based mostly discrimination by regulation enforcement. The band, together with the ACLU, sued the FBI in 2014 in search of to vary the classification however with little success up to now.